Abner Pratt was a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He came to Michigan in the 1840s from New York and settled in Marshall Michigan to practice law. Under President James Buchanan he served as United States Consul to Hawaii. After returning from the Hawaiian Islands in 1860 he built this palace-like home in Marshall to look like the homes on the islands of Hawaii. The house known as the Honolulu House is one of the most unique houses in Michigan. Unfortunately, Pratt died of Pneumonia in 1863 shortly after the construction of the home was finished. The home is now a museum maintained by the Marshall Historical Society.
P.S It was a cold December day when I visited Marshall I hope I can get back there and visit in the summer. It’s a beautiful city full of interesting history.
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